Khalid Shafar on Talli embroidery

UAE artist Khalid Shafar delves into historic Arabic weaving techniques to add a touch of nostalgic influence to his contemporary designs

Khalid Shafar is renowned for fusing together the past and present. The American University in Dubai business graduate studied furniture and object design, first at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, then at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in New Zealand. Exclusively for Vision, he reveals why he wants to keep the Emirati tradition of Talli embroidery alive in his contemporary work.